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Microsoft, health shares boost Wall Street; S&P 500 eyes record high

Gains in Microsoft and healthcare shares boosted Wall Street's main indexes on Thursday, a day after the Federal Reserve cut interest rates as expected and left the door open for further monetary easing.
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In Tel Aviv, Green, Electrical Shared Scooters are a Blessing—And a Curse | Opinion
Electric scooters are helping people move about a massively congested cities with underdeveloped public transport—but poor regulation means accidents and injuries are rife.
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'Fresh Air' Remembers 'PBS NewsHour' Host Jim Lehrer
Lehrer, who died Jan. 23, was a nightly figure on PBS news for more than three decades, and moderated presidential debates in every election from 1988 through 2012. Originally broadcast in 1988.
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New Book Presents A 'Secret History' Of Nuclear War Planning In America
In The Bomb, journalist Fred Kaplan reveals how U.S. presidents, their advisers and generals have thought about, planned for — and sometimes narrowly avoided — nuclear war.
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Everyone is making coffee wrong, experts claim
Wake up! You’ve been making coffee wrong this entire time! According to a study published last week in the academic journal Matter, we as a society have been making espresso incorrectly for a while now. At least that’s what scientists and mathematicians across the world think. In the study, “Systematically Improving Espresso: Insights from Mathematical...
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Southern California radio stations will go silent at noon in honor of Kobe Bryant
A moment of silence will be held across Southern California radio stations Monday in honor of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, who died Sunday in a helicopter crash.
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Accuser tells jury that Harvey Weinstein forced oral sex on her
One of the women who former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein is charged with sexually assaulting told a jury on Monday that he forced oral sex on her in his New York City home in 2006.
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Holocaust survivor, 94, forms unlikely friendship with with middle schooler
A Holocaust survivor in New York City didn't talk to anyone at the nursing home until a Middle school student said something that made her face light up.
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The 1 big reason why the Des Moines Register didn't endorse Bernie Sanders
Sen. Bernie Sanders may win the Democratic Iowa caucuses a week from today. But he lost the coveted Des Moines Register endorsement to fellow liberal Sen. Elizabeth Warren over the weekend. And, in explaining why they opted for Warren over Sanders, the Register's editorial board hits on a key question that the Vermont democratic socialist will need to answer in the coming weeks and months.
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Andrew McCarthy: Bolton blows up Trump Team's foolhardy quid pro quo defense
Don’t build your fortress on quicksand. That’s been my unsolicited advice for President Trump and his legal team.
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Romney on Bolton testimony: 'It's relevant and therefore I'd like to hear it'
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‘I Wish We Could Connect on This Level.’ Memes Still Aren’t Accessible to People Who Are Blind. What’s Being Done About It?
If you’ve spent a lot of time on the internet in the last decade, you might immediately recognize this description: a toddler clenches his fist in front of a determined-looking face. “Success kid” is one of the most popular online memes in history. But for the 2.2 billion people worldwide who report visual impairments or…
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Imagery Suggests Iran Is Preparing To Try To Launch A Satellite
Activity at the Imam Khomeini Space Center indicates Iran is once again attempting to send a satellite into orbit. Last year, three attempts ended in failure.
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Celebrity birthdays for the week of Feb. 2-8
Celebrities having  birthdays during the week of February 2 to February 8 include comedian Tom Smothers, model Christie Brinkley, rapper T-Mo, singer Shakira, country singer Blaine Larsen, guitarist Dave Davies of The Kinks, rapper Sean Kingston and actor Jerry Adler
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Rapper YG wears Kobe Bryant Lakers jersey to Grammys 2020 afterparty
And reunited with ex-girlfriend Kehlani.
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Kobe Bryant to be inducted into Basketball Hall of Fame's 2020 class
Basketball Hall of Fame chairman Jerry Colangelo confirmed with The Athletic that Kobe Bryant would be inducted posthumously in 2020.        
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Drew Bledsoe’s Tom Brady prediction didn’t age well
Drew Bledsoe was correct in one assessment of Tom Brady: the 42-year-old quarterback is “one of those guys who’s just going to be around forever.” During a recent interview with ESPN, Bledsoe — who played for the Patriots from 1993 to 2001 — recalled his first interactions with Brady, believing the 2000 sixth-round draft pick...
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Fox News wasted no time spinning the John Bolton revelations in the most Trump-friendly way
Trump and John Bolton in the White House in August. | Alex Wong/Getty Images It was amazingly predictable. It’s also misleading. Faced with the news that President Trump’s former National Security Adviser John Bolton’s new book includes anaccount that undercuts one of Trump’s central impeachment defenses, Fox News and the Trump-supporting Republicans who regularly appear on it went all-in on smearing him as a greedy and disgruntled former aide who only wants sell more copies. Take host Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), who joined Monday’s edition of Fox & Friends and said, “The timing is a little interesting, isn’t it?” This particularly talking point was utterly foreseeable — I predicted on Sunday night that it would get heavy play on Fox News. But it illustrates the extent to which Trumpworld is relying on ad hominem attacks and misleading deflection instead of trying to justify the president’s actions on the merits. Trump’s legal team argued during Saturday’s installment of the impeachment trial that the administration’s hold up of military aid to Ukraine was predicated on good-faith concerns about rooting out corruption in the country, not his desire for political favors. This talking point is absurd, coming as it does on behalf of arguably the most personally corrupt president in modern American history, and it ignores that the administration didn’t go through the proper channels to orchestrate the holdup. But it has at least given Trump cover to deny that his Ukraine scheme was motivated by selfish political interests. Very simple! I was looking for Corruption and also why Germany, France and others in the European Union don’t do more for Ukraine. Why is it always the USA that does so much and puts up so much money for Ukraine and other countries? By the way, the Bidens were corrupt!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2019 Bolton’s book draft, however, undercuts that defense. The New York Times reported on Sunday that in it, Bolton details how Trump directly communicated to him during a meeting in August that aid wouldn’t be released “until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats including the Bidens.” Democrats responded by reiterating their calls for Bolton to testify, noting that his account “directly contradicts the heart of the President’s impeachment defense.” Trump responded by denying the conversation that Bolton details ever happened. And his spin machine got busy smearing Bolton as greedy — and worse. In a string of tweets in which he basically called Bolton a liar, Trump also impugned his motives, saying Bolton is only coming forward now “to sell a book.” That talking point dominated Fox News’s Monday morning programming. steve doocy keeps joking that john bolton's book is "available for presale on amazon" to suggest he's just making shit up to sell books, except by making those jokes he's also helping bolton sell books. i, for example, did not know the book was on presale until steve said so.— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) January 27, 2020 Over on Fox Business, Maria Bartiromo also used this talking point, accusing Bolton — a former Fox News contributor — of trying “to sell a book.” But it wasn’t just the Fox hosts. Sen. John Hawley (R-MO) went on Fox & Friends for an interview and noted that Bolton’s book “is apparently on sale for preorder today too, so it’s certainly going to sell a lot of books,” and incorrectly described Bolton’s account as “a bunch of hearsay.” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham joined as well and demeaned Bolton’s publisher as “the same publisher that [former FBI Director James] Comey used,” adding, “the timing is very suspect.” (Grisham’s claim is incorrect — Comey’s book was published by Macmillan while Bolton’s is being published by Simon & Schuster.) But perhaps the most outlandish spin came from Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), who serves on Trump’s impeachment defense team and went as far as to smear Bolton — a Republican who worked for multiple Republican presidents — as a Democrat. “Coming out at this late hour is a kinda typical move from the Democrats,” he said. Jim Jordan, on Fox & Friends, on Bolton's book: "This coming out at this late hour is a kinda typical move from the Democrats." (Bolton is a Republican who has worked for multiple Republican presidents.) pic.twitter.com/3YGhZ0LgFP— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 27, 2020 The irony of the situation is that it is the White House, not Bolton, that appears to be responsible for the timing of news of Bolton’s book draft breaking just days before senators will vote on whether to compel him to testify. The Times reports the White House was first sent a copy of the draft last month, weeks after Trump told reporters he’d “love” for his top aides to testify during his Senate trial. Bolton’s lawyer blamed the White House for leaking about it. To be clear, the timing of Bolton’s book is certainly a fair topic of criticism. Even if Bolton felt compelled to comply with the White House’s directive against testifying, there was nothing stopping him from going public about what happened during the August meeting much sooner, when it could’ve been of use to the House impeachment inquiry. But accusing him of just trying to goose book sales isn’t a strong attack on his credibility, especially considering that his account is consistent with the timeline of the aid holdup set forth in the testimony of other administration aides, including Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland. Trump’s credibility, meanwhile, can be inferred from the fact that other tweets he posted about the Bolton book contained blatant lies (he claimed House Democrats “never even asked Bolton to testify,” but they did and were rebuffed by the White House) and misleading claims (he urged people to “READ THE TRANSCRIPTS!” even though the White House call summary of his July call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky contains evidence of the corrupt quid pro quo Bolton describes). Meanwhile, as Fox world attempted to portray the Bolton book as a nothingburger, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) said on Monday morning that he believes it’s “increasingly likely” that four Republicans will vote along with Democrats to compel Bolton’s testimony. “I can’t begin to tell you how John Bolton’s testimony would ultimately play on a final decision but it’s relevant. And therefore, I’d like to hear it,” Romney told CNN. The news moves fast. To stay updated, follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter, and read more of Vox’s policy and politics coverage.
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CIF Southern Section Council meeting will discuss new football playoff proposal
League members can ask questions, make comments to commissioner Rob Wigod
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Casper slashes its valuation 30 percent ahead of IPO
This unicorn just lost its horn. Casper Sleep — which was valued at $1.1 billion in a private funding round last spring — slashed its valuation to less than $750 million on Monday as it looks to raise up to $158.6 million from its initial public offering, a new filing shows. The trendy but money-losing...
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Aerosmith and New Kids on the Block to play hometown concerts at Boston's Fenway Park
Aerosmith and New Kids on the Block are both planning milestone concerts this fall in Boston.        
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Cocaine Yacht Carrying $77 Million Worth of Drugs Captured During Atlantic Storm
A pleasure boat carrying more than a ton of cocaine was captured during a rough Atlantic storm by an international team of law enforcement officials.
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USC safety C.J. Pollard announces he is entering NCAA transfer portal
Safety C.J. Pollard announced on Monday he is leaving USC and entering the NCAA transfer portal.
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Witness to Kobe Bryant helicopter crash says victims likely ‘didn’t suffer’
A witness to Kobe Bryant’s deadly chopper crash believes the nine victims aboard likely “didn’t suffer” because the chopper was destroyed instantaneously. Scott Daehlin told Extra that he was immediately alarmed when he first heard the Sikorsky S-76B hoovering directly above him in Calabasas, California at 9:43 a.m. Sunday. “My alarm bells went off because...
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New Jersey woman Stephanie Parze’s ex-boyfriend confessed in suicide note
Missing New Jersey nanny Stephanie Parze’s ex-boyfriend admitted in a suicide note that he killed the 25-year-old Freehold woman, prosecutors said Monday. John Ozbilgen, 29, left the note near his body when he hanged himself in his parents’ garage on Nov. 22 — less than a month after Parze went missing. “In the note, Ozbilgen...
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Harvey Weinstein accuser details her alleged assault in court: 'I'm being raped'
At times sobbing, former production assistant Mimi Haleyi told jurors Monday at Harvey Weinstein's rape trial how she tried to fight off the disgraced movie mogul and told him “no, no, no” while he sexually assaulted her.
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Several people shot at Connecticut courthouse
The shooting took place at the Bridgeport Superior Court on Golden Hill Street, according to Scott Appleby of the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.
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25 Valentine's Day gift ideas that show your love
From couples' massages and Masterclasses to personalized pillows and cozy blankets, we've scoured the internet for the cutest, cuddliest and loveliest Valentine's Day gifts for couples.
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Coronavirus outbreak strands Ohio man, 65, teaching in Wuhan: ‘I’m not afraid to say I’m worried’
An Ohio man who was attempting to return home from China amid a deadly outbreak of novel coronavirus claims he remains stranded in the city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak that killed at least 81 people and sickened thousands of others. 
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Mideast Peace Plan to be Released on Tuesday, Trump Says
The president made the announcement while meeting with Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He will meet later Monday with Benny Gantz, Mr. Netanyahu’s opponent in Israel’s March 2 election.
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Former NBA star Wally Szczerbiak on Kobe Bryant's legacy
NBA superstar Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash outside Los Angeles. Bryant's daughter Gianna and seven other people were also killed. Wally Szczerbiak, a CBS Sports analyst and former NBA player, joined CBSN to discuss Bryant's legacy.
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It's National Chocolate Cake Day
German chocolate cake isn't named for Germany. Learn that and more on National Chocolate Day.
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Could John Bolton be an impeachment game-changer?
Democrats hope the ex-White House aide's book could deliver a plot twist in the president's trial.
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How the Royal Rumble winners set up WWE for WrestleMania
WWE gave us two very different first-time Royal Rumble winners in an overall satisfying pay-per-view Sunday night at Houston’s Minute Maid Park. Drew McIntyre completed his 13-year journey to a main-event spot, eliminating WWE champion Brock Lesnar on his way to winning the men’s Royal Rumble match. He’ll likely see The Beast again at WrestleMania...
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Poll: Amy Klobuchar Leads Elizabeth Warren in Iowa as Caucus Looms
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) is leading Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in Iowa one week from the February 3 caucus, an Emerson College poll released Sunday revealed.
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“You shall never be a bystander.” How We Learn About the Holocaust When the Last Survivors Are Gone
On the morning of January 27th, 1945, the first Red Army soldier walked into Auschwitz death camp, and the 7,500 remaining prisoners knew they were finally free. More than 1.1 million people died in the camp, and those who survived are now facing a new struggle – the fight over remembrance. January 27th is not…
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U.S. Republican Senator Murkowski says almost 'time' to decide on additional impeachment information
Moderate U.S. Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski said on Monday she is curious about what former White House national security adviser John Bolton has to say, following reports of his manuscript, and it is nearly time to consider whether senators weighing evidence in the impeachment trial need additional information.
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Forget Brexit. Justin Trudeau needs to deal with ‘Wexit.’
Trudeau and his government should take a two-track approach to managing western anger.
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Thousands Sign Petition to Stop Anti-LGBT Trump Ally Franklin Graham From Speaking at London Event: 'He Is Not Welcome'
"Franklin Graham travels around the world telling tens of thousands of people that Satan runs the LGBT+ movement," the petition states.
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Trump touts upcoming peace plan following meeting with Netanyahu despite Palestinian objections
President Trump said that he is confident in his proposed Middle East peace plan set to be announced later this week, despite the Palestinians roundly rejecting the deal.
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Super Bowl LIV: 5 X-factors on the Kansas City Chiefs
Both the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers are similar in structure and scope. Before you get ready to feast on chicken wings, sliders or whatever Super Bowl fare you fancy, here are 5 X-factors on the Kansas City Chiefs. 
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Giuliani denies knowing Parnas and Fruman at time of 2018 video
Video obtained by CBS News appears to show President Trump ordering the removal of Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch at an April 2018 dinner, a year before she was forced out of her position in Ukraine. In the recording, Rudy Giuliani's former associate, Lev Parnas, is heard describing Yovanovitch as a potential risk. CBS News White House correspondent Paula Reid joined CBSN with the latest.
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Minnesota begins early voting under new system
Early primary voting in Minnesota is underway for the first time in nearly 30 years. Early voting in the state began on January 17 ahead of Super Tuesday, which is on March 3. Esme Murphy, a reporter and anchor at WCCO in Minneapolis, joined CBSN to discuss how the new system could impact voter turnout in the state.
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Watch Live: Day Six of President Trump Impeachment Trial
The Senate will start the sixth day of the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump on Monday, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Eastern.
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Prince Andrew has not cooperated with attempts to interview him about Jeffrey Epstein, US Attorney says
The FBI and prosecutors with the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York contacted Prince Andrew's lawyer to interview the prince about Jeffrey Epstein, but they have provided "zero" cooperation, according to US Attorney Geoffrey Berman.
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Saudi FM: Relations with Israel dependent on peace deal
CNN's International Diplomatic Editor Nic Robertson sits down with Saudi Arabia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Faisal bin Farhan al-Saud.
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Joy Behar: Trump Administration 'Like an Organized Crime Organization'
Co-host Joy Behar on Monday's "The View" on ABC likened the Trump administration to a "crime organization."
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***Live Updates*** Impeachment Trial: Team Trump Continues Opening Arguments
President Donald Trump’s lawyers will continue to make opening arguments on Monday. Trump’s team has about 20 more hours to present their arguments, but they are not expected to use all of their allotted time. Stay tuned to Breitbart News for live updates. All times eastern. 
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Daughter of former Connecticut mayor killed in snowmobile crash in Maine
Michelle Pavia, daughter of former Stamford Mayor Michael Pavia, drove off the ice and struck a group of trees.
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